John S. Farnill from Pittsfield, Michigan, enlisted in Company F, 6th Michigan Calvary as a Corporal on September 1, 1862 at Ann Arbor, Michigan, for 3 years at age 18. He was mustered on October 13, 1862. Farnill was taken prisoner on July 4, 1863 and died at Annapolis, Maryland, on December 27, 1864.
John’s sister, Mary J. Farnill and his parents, Isaac and Sophie Farnill, all lived in Ann Abor. He also had a brother, Wm. H. Farnill and possibly a younger sister, Ellen.
His friends from Pittsfield, Michigan, all of whom served in Company F. 6th Michigan Cavalry and are documented in the collection included:
George E. Briggs, enlisted on October 13, 1862, killed in action at Cedar Creek, Virginia, on October 23, 1864. He was buried in National Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia.
John Briggs enlisted on September 29, 1862, at age 44, was mustered on October 13, 1862, and was discharged at Hilton Head, South Carolina, on September 21, 1864. He may have been George’s father or another older relative.
John Farnill’s friends from Pittsfield who served in the 20th Michigan Infantry included:
William P. Lovejoy enlisted in Company D on Aug. 7, at age 19. Was mustered on August 18, 1862, killed in the trenches near Petersburg, Virginia, on June 30, 1864, and was buried in Popular Grove National Cemetery, Virginia.
Edwin Tyler enlisted in Company B on August 8, 1862 at age 25 and was mustered on August 16, 1862. He was admitted to Satterlee Hospital, Philadelphia on May 7, 1864 and transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps on January 13, 1865. He was discharged on July 5, 1865. After the war he lived in Vermontville (Eaton County, Michigan).